Vauxhall has announced an ‘Unlimited Option’ for the Vauxhall Insignia VXR which removes the limiter and ups the top speed to 170mph.
We like the Vauxhall Insignia; it’s a very good car. We like it even more in better-than-warm Vauxhall Insignia VRX guise, where this warmed-over rep-mobile manages to pick up its skirts and scoot to 60mph in 5.6 seconds. Which is all rather appealing.
Now Vauxhall has decided it would be a bit of a wheeze to charge punters £250 to take off the limiter, so instead of 155mph the Insignia VXR will blat on to 170mph – just like the Lotus Carlton (Vauxhall are at pains to point out).
To be entirely fair, Vauxhall don’t just take off the limiter for the £250 charge, you do get a Blue Brembo logo on the front callipers and a new rev counter and speedo with higher increments. And bragging rights in the pub – ‘My Insignia VXR will hit 170mph, don’t you know’.
Vauxhall are at pains to point out that they haven’t just dumped the limiter and said a prayer. Oh, no. They trotted off to the Nurburgring to play with a de-restricted VXR for 10,000 km, which they assure us is the equivalent of 180,000 km in the real world.
Joking apart, it’s a perfectly sensible option to tick when you order you’re new Insignia VXR. It somehow fits with a hot rep-mobile with 321bhp and 4WD that its should be able to power on until it reaches its natural limits. Not that many will, of course.
Unless your sales patch is West Germany.